On Wednesday, Marvel released the third trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Making good on its promise of an "epic" reveal, the studio showed some absolutely awesome new scenes and even a new character. Marvel somehow managed to turn the excitement for the movie up another level.
Here are all the new bits of information from the latest trailer.
We get to see Vision for the first time
In the last couple of weeks, Marvel has been teasing a mystery character named Vision in its promotional materials for Age of Ultron. Vision is an android who, in the comics, is created by Ultron. He's an integral part of the Ultron arc and Ultron's development as a villain, but hasn't yet been seen in any of the movie's previous trailers. Wednesday's trailer gave us our first look at Vision (Paul Bettany) and what he'll look like in the movie.
We find out a bit more about Scarlet Witch's powers
One of the biggest questions about AOU is how it is going to portray the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). In the comic books, she's capable of warping reality, casting spells, and dabbling in chaos magic. But in the post-credits scene of Captain America: Winter Soldier we see something more along the lines of telekinesis (the ability to move objects with the power of thought), and director Joss Whedon has stated that her powers will be more along the lines of mind control or suggestion ("[she] can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head").
We finally see that in this scene, where it looks like Scarlet Witch is mentally manipulating Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Black Widow's eyes turn red, signaling that something is definitely wrong with her. This could possibly explain Hulk's reddish eyes from the previous trailers.
If you blinked at the wrong time during the trailer, you may have missed the Avengers confronting her, her brother, and Ultron in what looks like an abandoned warehouse:
And you also see Quicksilver fighting with Captain America:
We also find out Scarlet Witch is a hero (for at least a little bit)
Here's a nifty new fight scene from the trailer. In it, you can see (going counter clock-wise) Black Widow, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) all fighting against Ultron's robot army. And if you look closely, you can see Scarlet Witch fighting right alongside Captain America and Thor (she's the character firing off the red blasts). So, even if she is doing some mind-bending stuff to Black Widow in the movie, it looks like, for at least part of the time, she'll be fighting alongside the heroes.
Here's another shot of that scene:
What's also fascinating is the absence of her twin brother, Quicksilver. He doesn't seem to partaking in this fight — it's not clear whether he switches sides like his sister did.
Someone's gotta die, right?
Because director Joss Whedon has a track record of killing off beloved characters and because Marvel comics canon has Captain America dying and The Avengers splitting up in the Civil War arc that the next Captain America film is going to explore, there are rumors that Avengers: AOU might see one of the characters die off.
That's perhaps why there's some foreshadowing with Iron Man telling his teammates that not all of them are going to make it. And in response, Captain America (the character that's supposed to bite the dust in his next film) has a witty one-liner (above) and is seen in the trailer at odds with Iron Man.
"I'm sick of watching people pay for our mistakes," you hear Captain America say.
Ultron comes from "The Ultron Program"
If there's one thing that the trailer makes very clear, it's that Iron Man unwittingly creates Ultron. He confesses to Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in one of the trailer's most revealing scenes:
Iron Man: "I tried to create a suit of armor around the world. But I created something terrible.
Bruce Banner: "Artificial intelligence."
Iron Man: "It's called Ultron program,"
Of course, those lines could be spliced together. But it's seems very clear, no matter how you cut it, that Iron Man is responsible for unleashing this violence upon the world.
Black Widow and Hulk look like they're in a romance
In the previous trailers, there were shots of the Hulk and Black Widow looking like they were holding hands. That's sparked talk of a romance between the two. This new scene, with Widow in a bathrobe snuggling up to Bruce Banner, all but confirms some kind of romantic spark, right?
Tony Stark has Loki's scepter
People who are familiar with the last Avengers know that Loki's scepter, outfitted with that shiny blue stone, has the power to take control of people's minds. And it's not clear why Tony Stark has the scepter or what he needs to use it for.
Susana Polo, the entertainment editor at Polygon, explained to me that there's a popular fan speculation that this is the "Mind" Infinity Gem. In the comic books, the Infinity Gems (called Infinity Stones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) have different powers. And the Mind gem allows its holder to enhance their own mental prowess, and tap into or boost things like telepathy. The fan speculation is that Stark is using the gem to make Ultron (or Vision) sentient and give him a "mind" but ends up creating a monster with artificial intelligence.
Again, this is speculation. But, Loki's scepter isn't usually a good thing.
And well, here's one more awesome fight sequence:
Though there's plenty of new, juicy stuff in this trailer, there are a few strings from the movie's previous trailers that Marvel didn't quite feature (Klaw, Wakanda, etc.). If you wanted to catch up on those, here's a video roundup: